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Episode 174

Stephanie Engle

designer with ok one-liners. Self-driving cars @Cruise. VR @Facebook.

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Stephanie Engle is a Product Designer at Cruise. Before joining the team there, Stephanie had a background in social products, starting her career off as an intern for the anonymous messaging app Secret, before joining Facebook to work on the Profile, and later joining the VR team. Stephanie recently joined Cruise as a Product Designer, helping to create and design solutions around the emerging self-driving cars industry. Stephanie joins us to share her story, how she got into design, how she created the opportunity to join the team at Facebook, what it was like tackling VR design challenges, how AR / VR and autonomous cars are a lot alike, what it’s like being part of the team at Cruise, and much more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Stephanie got into design & startups
  • Learn more about how she ended up joining Facebook
  • Learn more about what it's like designing products for emerging technologies like VR and autonomous cars.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Stephanie Engle is a Product Designer at Cruise.

Before joining the team there, Stephanie had a background in social products, starting her career off as an intern for the anonymous messaging app Secret, before joining Facebook to work on the Profile, and later joining the VR team.

Stephanie recently joined Cruise as a Product Designer, helping to create and design solutions around the emerging self-driving cars industry.

Stephanie joins us to share her story, how she got into design, how she created the opportunity to join the team at Facebook, what it was like tackling VR design challenges, how AR / VR and autonomous cars are a lot alike, what it’s like being part of the team at Cruise, and much more.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:30
Can you tell us more about yourself - where are you from and what did you study?

3:28
Where did your passion for design and startups come from?

7:30
Can you tell us more about how you created the opportunity to join the team at Facebook? What happened after that first message?

8:26
So how did you end up joining the VR team and what were some of the projects you had the chance to work on?

10:37
So when working with the VR team specifically - what were some of the challenges you had to consider when designing for new VR experiences?

14:26
So shifting from one emerging technology to another. You’ve recently joined the team at Cruise. Can you tell us more about how you created the opportunity to join the team and what Cruise is all about?

17:35
Even though it’s only been a few months, what have been some of the projects you’ve had a chance to work on with the team?

20:08
So what have been some of the biggest challenges when it comes to designing products for driverless technologies? Was there anything super unexpected or surprising involved?

22:43
On a different note, as a product Designer, what are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded and loved?

25:36
Pushing that a bit further, what are some great resources that you’ve come across recently and really enjoyed or ones you keep coming back to?

28:49
Do you have any final thoughts or advice to leave us with?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Stephanie Engle on Twitter
Stephanie Engle on the Web
Cruise on Twitter
Cruise on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Headspace
HQ
Dribble
Freakonomics
TED Radio Hour
Design of Everyday Things
Don't Think of An Elephant
The Checklist Manifesto

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